Surge in break-ins across Ipswich region

IPSWICH police have been kept busy with a large number of burglary and vehicle theft offences during May.

Constable Prue Wallace reported that the inner-city Ipswich divisional area alone had spikes in the suburbs of Newtown and Leichhardt over the past fortnight, while there was an increase in unlawful entry to vehicles in Booval, Silkstone and East Ipswich at the beginning of the month.

Across the entire Ipswich police district, there were 119 offences of burglary and vehicle break-in during the month.

Redbank Plains also recorded a high number of burglaries, with 16 offences recorded on the Queensland Police Service's crime map.

Constable Wallace said several of the offences recorded within the Ipswich division were "sneak" breaks, where the thieves gain entry to an unsecured home while the victims are home.

"With an increase in 'sneak' burglaries police would like to remind all residents to make sure their residences are locked and secured even if you are at home, especially if you are going into the yard or similar," she said.

There were a total of 22 vehicle break-ins across the district, with the majority spread over the areas of Ipswich, Booval and Goodna.

Constable Wallace urged vehicle owners to be aware the thieves were still taking advantage of people not bothering to lock their cars overnight.